Category: FEATURED

September 14, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

ACTIVEWEAR GOALS AT GOALS STORE

Babes, Sophie Gibbs and Caroline Walak, from the Goals Store invited me to come up to hang with them for the afternoon at their gorgeous store in Arrowtown a month or so ago. We had a lot in common. Activewear addicts. Tick. Ambitious babes with a passion for goals. Tick. Born and bred Southern girls. Tick. I couldn’t not go meet them and see what they’re all about! I had visited the store a few times before as Central Otago is on the back doorstep and a place I love to explore. I already knew that the shop was fully stocked with a huge range of incredible activewear brands as well as having the largest selection of fresh sneakers in the Lakes District.

 

I spent the afternoon chatting away to these babes, while I tried on multiple activewear ensembles. I wanted to leave with every single thing I tried on. When you’re in there browsing you really get the feel that each piece is handpicked by these gorgeous girls. Some of my favourite brands the Goals Store stock are Adidas, Elwood, Lorna Jane and Slinkii Athletic. Check out a few of the outfits I tried on below, and make sure you head to the bottom of the page to see how you can get a discount at both the Goals Store in Arrowtown and at the online shop. #activeweargoals #mindbodygoals

   

If you follow me on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat) you will know that I went home with a number of pieces that have been keeping me warm over these colder months, as well as a couple of amazing Lorna Jane bras (new fav bra’s) and a fresh pair of New Balance Classic 247’s in Bone. Soph and Caro are always ordering the latest styles in, so make sure you head over to the online shop to check out what’s new. If you’re in Queenstown or Arrowtown anytime, make sure you pop in, say hi and try your best not to leave without buying anything! Here’s an exclusive discount code for our #GDNZSQUAD use it online or mention it in store for 10% off.

 

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April 19, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

Who run the world? GIRLS! I instantly vibed with these two when they started popping up on my social media with their non for profit organisation, Prepair NZ. They share the same passion as we do here at GDNZ for self-love while they teach young women about healthy relationships and educating them on how to recognise unhealthy and abusive relationships. This message resonates with me on a number of levels, having been in a mentally abusive relationship myself for a number of years – but not recognising that until years later and after going through a whole lot of reflecting and soul searching. Sadly it seems to be a common situation for us as women (and men too #equality) throughout Aotearoa. Liv and Irene are here to help change all that and they believe that starting with loving yourself is the key to healthy relationships, connections and experiences. And I couldn’t agree more!! A very inspirational and relatable read! Dig in!!

A little bit about us…

Prepair NZ is an educational prevention strategy for domestic abuse in Aotearoa.

We work  with young women from 13-29 to advocate for healthy relationships firstly with self and then with others through workshops and a school programme. Part of our work is educate around the early signs of abuse in a relationship so our participants know what to do if they experience or witness it.

Prepair NZ was started in 2015 by Irene and joined by Liv in the following year.

We do this work because we both experienced an abusive relationship without any education of the warning signs or mental and emotional abuse. We found out years later and we really cannot bear the thought of other young women being trapped in a relationship and unaware that it is abusive.


We were inspired to start up Prepair NZ because…

Liv: I wanted to be part of something I so needed when I was younger, Prepair enables me, and gives me a voice to educate and inspire women who were the old me. I am so inspired by the thought of a future generation of strong boss ladies who love themselves wholeheartedly, who chase their dreams, and whom contribute to a society which advocates for nothing but love.

Irene: I really struggle with the idea that I left college knowing how to do algebra but I couldn’t identify that I was in an abusive relationship for four years. It made me really angry and at the same time really passionate about doing something about it.

You could say the moment I found out, my fireheart was ignited. Now, I just won’t stop until something is done about it.

My motivation is a vision of NZ free from domestic violence.

We were challenged by…

Irene: In the beginning, showing up and being seen really challenged me.

I knew one day I would need to share my story with others and I wanted the people I loved to hear the story directly from me rather than through others. I found it really hard to tell my story to my Dad because we are so close. I was afraid that hearing my story would hurt him.

I ended up doing it in a letter it was so difficult to do face to face.

I’m glad that I did because today he is so supportive of Prepair NZ and it means I can tell my story quite openly with others now knowing that he is there to back me 100%.

We are the bomb diggity because we have recently…

Liv: One of my 6 month goals was to quit the gym and give Crossfit a try instead. Not only did I sign up, but I just participated in the 5 week ‘Crossfit Open’. This put me out of my comfort zone massively. But in doing so it allowed me to challenge myself, to get stronger and to meet some boss new people.

Irene: This year I left my role as a bank manager to focus on myself and Prepair NZ.

It took me a little while to go ahead and do it. After 9 years in the industry it was all I knew.

I honestly thought I would struggle to change my lifestyle. I thought I would miss my income. I can truly say I have never regretted my choice and I’ve never missed my income. I’m living my life according to what I feel is right in that moment. I love living my life by design.

We were held back from achieving our goals when…

Liv: Something I have learnt though many a mistake, is that often I set drastic and unattainable goals, and then when I don’t achieve them, I feel a sense of, guilt, failure and unworthiness. What I do now is start small, set mini goals, celebrate when I achieve them, and this gives me motivation and passion to continue until I get that big goal of mine.

Irene: I knew for a long time that I wanted to work on Prepair NZ full time and I put it off for so long. I was afraid of what people would think of me for leaving a job that was so secure to put my heart in soul into this work.

I had a really good mentor who coached me through the process of preparing to leave. One thing she said to me was , “You don’t owe anyone anything. Not your team, colleagues or family.”

Part of me felt like I owed it to them to stick around. Luckily I’ve always had great mentors around me who push me out of my comfort zone!

We are risk takers because…


Liv: I am comfortable being uncomfortable, I live my life out of my comfort zone and I know if I’m not, I’m not living in my values and I’m not being true to myself.

Currently Digging for…

Liv: Currently digging to be able to work for Prepair full time. I currently have a full time job and my current goal is to find more time to be involved in all things PPNZ, until eventually it will be what I do for a living!

Irene: Oh, I have some big old dreams and goals. A couple of them are, I would love to spend a couple of months in Italy purposefully to write a book – sounds crazy huh? I want to do a Ted Talk and I would love to go on a holiday this year with my partner.

The best part about setting goals around our passions and living life our way is…

Irene: I LOVE that everyday I wake up and I have choice. The expectations at the end of everyday sit with me. My goals are only as big as I dare to make them and that is soo cool. I feel like this is what Freedom feels like.


Top 3 bucket list goals ticked off…

Liv:

  • Travelling around Europe has been a highlight of my life
  • I completed Outward Bound in November
  • Swimming in phosphorescence (look it up, SO amaze)

Irene:

  • Bungy Jump
  • A solo holiday in the islands
  • Reconnecting with self in Ubud, Bali

WORD…

“We are living ambassadors of our ancestors in the here and now.”

“ Be who you needed when you were younger.”

Get listening to…

Liv: Well I just went to see Adele so I’m pretty obsessed with her right now! Her songs ‘Sweetest Devotion’ or ‘Miss you’ are some of my favs

Irene: I’m such a 90s Hip Hop + RnB type of girl. When things get tough Liv and I literally put this on replay to get ourselves in the zone!

I still remember waiting 2 days to download Destiny’s Child – The Writing’s on the Wall back in the day. I also love Lauryn Hill, India Arie!



When self-doubt and CBF creeps in we stalk… because…

Liv: One of my favourite role models in life is Brene Brown. Whenever I am feeling low, unmotivated or ‘ick’ I watch one of her TED talks, read a paragraph of one of her books, or even pinterest her quotes! Lady crush right here, this lady always puts everything into perspective for me.

Irene: I love watching Youtube Clips from Oprah, Super Soul Sundays. I also listen to Iyanla Vanzant who has a very direct approach to our role in a relationship and anything by Maya Angelou stirs my soul.

When we just need to laugh we…

Liv: Humour honestly gets me through life… I’m constantly finding something funny. But if I’m running low on the lol’s I’ll look up some serious meme’s or watch some Seven days, they get me going pretty good!

Irene: The best thing about working with Liv is that she always brings the LOLs. Tagging me in memes, showing me her line dancing moves or her sweet dance moves always crack me up!

While you’re here, let’s set some magic and mindful intentions! We will…

Liv:

Do More… Random acts of kindness.

See More… Of the world.

Be More… Myself, everyday.


Irene:

Do More… Journalling + reading old journal entries. It’s like a little gift to yourself when you look back on the words that you wrote down for yourself.

See More… Of the world. 

Be More… Willing to show up and be seen.


Our top 3 tips for living a kick-ass fulfilling life…


Liv

  • Surround yourself with people who love you and make you happy, people who inspire you to be better and people who push you to achieve this.
  • Invest in self-love, work hard at it and never stop.
  • Be courageous and get out of your comfort zone regularly!

Irene

  • That thing that scares you & excites you all at the same time? – Do that
  • Be clear on what your personal values are. They help set meaningful boundaries for you and others.
  • Set a vision for yourself. Write it down, put it in a vision board or speak it out loud. It should energise you to read or look at your creation. Now keeping moving towards the goal!

See More from Prepair NZ, Liv and Irene…

Prepair NZ Website

Prepair NZ Facebook

Prepair NZ Instagram

Liv’s Instagram

Irene’s Instagram

Photo credit: Devanga Wanigasinghe

March 22, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

Where does one even begin when they have just read answers to questions that feel like they came straight out of their own head. I’m currently feeling like this one, Courtney Ogle, and I have somehow been separated at birth or perhaps, far more logical, been sisters in a past life, because holy cow I actually feel like Court was in my brain while she was writing her answers. Lion King, yes. Revie Jane, yes. Hilarious, yes. Celine Dion, yes. Living a kick-ass fulfilling life, yes. DDRUUMMMM ROOLLLLLLLL (I used to be a teacher, and when I’d say DRRRUMMM ROOLLLL the kids would slap their thighs continuously until I was ready to make my announcement so I’m really hoping that you’re not letting me down and you are doing the same haha!!!) Because this lovely lady, deserves a bloody decent drum roll. Court and I connected a couple of years ago through Crave and GDNZ. I have been lucky enough to meet her in person and Court radiates everything she has written here and then some. I am inspired by her courage, determination and beautiful soul and am ecstatic to be working alongside herself, Rhys and Crave Lifestyle in the near future (watch this space, or should I say ship, space-ship? You’ll get the joke one day!). Court is an expectational example of someone living the #GDNZLIFESTYLE. Court has created a life full of her passions, purpose and everything she loves doing, she has taken risks, she is smashing goal after goal and inspiring others to do the same along the way! I can assure you, once you’re through with this Featured Goal Digger, you will be craving more! Dig in!

A little bit about me…

My name is Courtney and I am one half of the team at Crave Lifestyle. I am also a daughter to the best ma and pa I could ask for; I am a middle sister of two amazing brothers; I am a friend to some of the most loving and supportive people on this little place we call earth; and I am an aunty to hands-down the cutest little dude I have ever met. I am super lucky and grateful.

I have an undying love for the beach (even in winter), a slight obsession with time (it passing me by, as well as watches/clocks/egg timers and other ways to tell it), wild hair, and love the smell of freshly mown grass.

I grew up dreaming about running my own business – then ended up in the corporate world, working in marketing within the financial services industry of all places. But that all changed in 2015 when I finally decided it was time to live the dream. Working with Rhys to bring Crave Lifestyle to life was one of the most fulfilling years of my life so far.

I love coming up with creative ideas and get super passionate about the work that I do. Crave Lifestyle is a huge part of my life, but when I’m not working on that dream I am helping other businesses to achieve theirs. I am currently contracting to a couple of great businesses/charities to help them with their marketing efforts. I love the chance it gives me to meet with a variety of people, and get creative in different industries.

Rhys and I were inspired to start up Crave Lifestyle because…

We’re both so passionate about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and we want people to experience some of what the world has got to offer at the same time.

Crave Lifestyle is about empowering you to create an active and balanced life through your daily actions, in a way that works for you. It’s about learning new skills or knowledge to help you build a lifestyle that you crave.

Whether it’s with personal training clients, corporate teams, or our guests on retreat, there is nothing better than seeing that you have helped them make a change in their life and the positive results they’re experiencing from that.

If you were to come on our Crave Fiji Retreat you can expect…

All the options that you can dream of, and the opportunity to tailor make each day to create your perfect holiday.

Guests experience workouts that focus on fun (high and low intensity options), workshops, relaxation sessions, spa treatments, Pilates, beautiful accommodation, delicious food, bubbles and cocktails (yes, actually), snorkeling, coral reefs and pretty fish, sunshine, laughs, other amazing people, fresh seafood, tennis, surfing, local markets, adventures, fun, new friends, local culture, beach walks, SUP and kayak adventures, and so much more! We’ll even take you shark diving if you really want to.

It’s an escape to paradise, where you can find your happy, healthy, balanced self. Go home with new friends, refreshed spirit and energy, and the bonus of a glowing Fiji tan. Pure bliss.

I am the bomb diggity because I have recently…

Followed the dream and put my all into launching Crave Lifestyle with Rhys (and the help and support of so many others of course). In the process I found what drives me, what inspires me and started working towards other goals that I had put on the back burner. One of my major achievements is losing a heavy 24kg of self-doubt and poor self-esteem, disguised as a booty, tummy, and general padding all over. While the weight-loss itself is a great achievement, what’s more mind-blowing to me is that the other day I looked in the mirror and thought to myself “oh wow, I actually like that part of my body now”. That’s a big mindset shift from where I have been in the past and I’m stoked.

I was held back from achieving my goals when…

  • I’ve been held back from many goals, particularly in business, by just not backing myself enough. I’ve learnt to open up to other people and trust more. By letting people in to help me when I need it, and encourage me to help myself, has had a huge impact.
  • Mindset in general is a massive help or hindrance with regards to goals. Rhys has helped me to change my mindset with my weight-loss journey and then it has flowed on to everything else as well.
  • Worrying too much about what other people will think of me has also been a barrier to success. Still a work in progress, but the older I get and with the more experiences I have in this crazy little life, I’m starting to realise what’s more important. Take on advice, cast aside pointless opinions and comments.

I’m a risk taker because…

Yeeeeah I’m not really that much of a risk taker. It makes me nervous. But that’s where Rhys and I balance each other out with Crave so it works well.

I guess leaving my very comfortable role in the corporate world to chase the Crave dream was a bit of a risk, but one I was excited to make as well. Self-employed life can be filled with uncertainty, and it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but surrounding yourself with the right people is what gets you through, and bringing it all to life is worth it.

Currently Digging for…

Crave is still so fresh! We have so many ideas that we want to make happen to bring the brand to life and allow us to achieve our goals of helping others. We’ve got some exciting things on the go this year that we’ll be sharing with you all very soon…

The best part about setting goals around my passion and living life my way is…

You always have the power to change. If you don’t like something or it’s not working, then change it. The other thing I love is that you meet so many likeminded people that you click with. There will always be people that judge you or make huge assumptions about you and your life, but when you start chasing your dream you also uncover this other group of amazing people that will support, guide and encourage you to achieve your goals.

Top 3 bucket list goals ticked off…

  • Brought the Crave dream to life.
  • Explored some of the world’s beauty. There will always be more to see, but I’m super grateful that I worked hard to travel to the places I’ve been. Nothing can replace those experiences.
  • Wear a bikini, on a beach, in the public eye! Some say its silly, but for some reason it took a lot for me to achieve and I am proud of it.

Top 3 bucket list goals to tick off…

  • Help, inspire or motivate one person to achieve their health goals. Hard to track, but I feel like if I manage to make a big enough difference then they will let me know!
  • Launch my next business idea, and grow Crave to be the number 1 retreat that people think of and want to join.
  • Write a kids book. Always been a dream of mine. Watch this space.

#WORD…

  • “Comparison is the thief of joy” – Teddy Roosevelt

I’ve loved this quote for so many years, but I still need to remind myself of these words on a regular basis. When we stop comparing our bodies, our skills, our lives in general to what others have, then we can really start to enjoy it.

  • “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, can end up being the biggest step in your life”

Whether you put it down to purposeful action or fate, I wholeheartedly believe this message. I was stuck on the idea with Crave and wanted to take it further but was holding back for some reason. That small step of going to see Rhys for training ended up being the biggest change in my personal and professional life. I will always be grateful for my brother guiding me to go and have a chat to Rhys, and to Rhys for having the Crave dream as well, and driving us forward to make it happen whenever I doubted myself.

Get listening to…

Running – Come Alive, Netsky

Gym sesh – Touch The Sky, Kanye

Relax/laying in the grass watching the clouds float by – Me (Analogue Dear Rework), Nils Frahm

Guilty pleasure – anything from Celine, Whitney or Tina, My Girl (The Temptations), Black or White (MJ), James Bay, or the Lion King Soundtrack. Not joking. Not embarrassed.

Get watching…

Hunt for the Wilderpeople. So many giggles!

When self-doubt and CBF creeps in I stalk… because ……

RevieJane – because she’s real. She’s talented, she’s passionate, she’s busy as heck with the work and mumma life but she’s still making it happen. Plus her bub is super cute. All this is just a perception of course because I don’t actually know her, but she does her thing and she does it with a smile on her face and I like that. I never feel any less about myself after seeing her posts.

Coach Rhys – because he knows his stuff and has enough drive and motivation to get us all going. He shares great workouts for people to try and motivating thoughts that help me to see things from a different perspective.

When I just need to laugh I …..

Watch Bridget’s snap story haha! But seriously, when I need a laugh I find that I need to force myself to touch base with friends. They help me lighten up and see the bright side of things again. Whether it’s a phone call or simply just tagging each other in yet another silly cat video on social media, it always ends in a good giggle.

Another favourite is to get out for a walk and try to take in the environment around you and get rid of that overwhelming feeling. Smile at someone as you pass them. Listen to the kids laughing as they play on the playground. Look at that cute dog wagging its tail. Little things like that go a long way and I guarantee you’ll feel so much better by the time you’re home again.

While you’re here, lets set some magic and mindful intentions! I will…

Do More… Work. Jooooking. I need to do more relaxing…..and Pilates! Find that balance, figuratively and literally.

See More… Friends and family. There will always be work that can be done, emails that need to be sent, and bills that need to be paid, but it’s the people that really matter and they may not always be there. One of my biggest goals this year is to find balance with my social life again, and spend more time with the people that encourage me, drive me forward and make me happy.

Be More… Trusting – in myself and others. I have a lot to offer the world, and it has a lot to offer me. Being more confident in myself and trusting will open me to so much more; opportunities to do more, see more and be more!

I invest in my mind, body and soul by…

Exercise and healthy eating are the best investment I’ve made, and continue to make. Moving my body makes me feel great and it flows through to everything else I do in the day. I have massively struggled with body image issues in the past, and to be honest I still do, but I try hard to shift my focus to everything that my body has achieved and can achieve if I put my mind to it. Just like training your muscles, training your mind is something that we need to do regularly.

If my head and heart need a little extra loving or breathing space, you’ll find me at the beach or on top of a hill somewhere. I’m such a water baby in spirit and I find that there is nothing more grounding for me than a bit of time with sand between my toes and water lapping at my feet. If I cant get to the beach, up a hill I go. Fresh air, open space and an amazing view – I feel like “me” again after that.

My top 3 tips for living a kick-ass fulfilling life…

  • Take the jump and chase what has been calling you! You can always go and get another job/flat/plane ticket/plan if it doesn’t quite work out.
  • Surround yourself with the right people. Business partners, friends, mentors, motivators. I would be completely lost without mine.
  • Talk to someone before it boils over. When I start getting overwhelmed, I generally start closing off. If I catch myself and talk to someone about it before then, the result is so much better! Problems that may seem huge can disappear in an instant just by opening up to someone and seeing it from a different perspective. See point 2.

Crave Lifestyle and Goal Diggers NZ have some exciting future plans together and we can’t wait to share them with you. To keep the #GDNZSQUAD happy in the mean time though, Crave are offering you all a ridiculous $400 off their Crave Fiji Package if you book between now and Weds the 29th March 2017 (dependent on room availability). Is a holiday in paradise with a focus on your holistic wellness something you’re craving? I bet it is!! If so, email hello@cravefitnessholidays.com for all the information (or check out the website below) and tell them you’re part of the #GDNZSQUAD to take advantage of the amazing offer they’re putting on for us! You’re welcome. I’ve got your back!

See More from Courtney and Crave 

Crave Lifestyle Facebook
Crave Lifestyle Instagram
Crave Lifestyle Website
Courtney Instagram

 

 

March 2, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

Here’s an honest introduction for you… I sent through these questions to Holly last year and have only just sorted my shit out to get her up on the blog, because, one word, LIFE! Yeah we all know how the ending of 2016 went for me ?Anyway, Holly and I have rekindled our inter-mance (new word I made up, I’m good at making up new words, it’s like a relationship through the internet, duh) recently bonding over similar views and values on meaningful topics such as body image, women supporting women and authenticity (Keep your eyes peeled for a collab blog post highlighting one of these topics very soon #worlddomination). Although I haven’t quite reached the THREE ZERO yet, Holly’s blog 30vs30 gets me pretty pumped up about it! I love seeing how women in their thirties are living and knowing that the number of our age reflects absolutely nothing. I should know this though as I still get asked for ID at R16 movies (big LOL)! I am really excited about sharing this feature with you all. Holly is authentic, determined and is bursting with valuable advice. Dig in! No disappointment with this one!

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

  1. I love listening to jazz, it reminds me of being lost on the streets of New York and keeps me dreaming big.
  2. I have an obsession with exposed brick, high stud spaces.
  3. My wardrobe is categorised by colour at all times.
  4. I have a Persian cat called Olive who is the love of my life and I live on a farm in the middle of Ponsonby with my Hukanui squad and a mini horse called Jafa.
  5. I value quality over quantity, especially when it comes to shoes, dining experiences and those I surround myself with.

I work in media, specialising in content partnerships and influencer marketing which I absolutely love. I am so lucky to be able to develop my skills in this industry, both professionally and personally. The world of content and digital marketing both, intrigues me and I am driven by the challenges we face in this industry every day.

What inspired you to create 30 vs 30 and what is your vision for this…

The inspiration behind the blog was to explore the differences in lifestyles lived by women in their thirties. I am inspired daily by friends all over the world who are creating a lifestyle unique to their own passions and goals and not always what society encourages. I wanted to create a platform that could celebrate these women and share their stories in an inspirational way.

30vs30 is also a creative outlet for me. It’s not only a place where I can share stories, but is a place where I can collaborate with other bloggers, brands and individuals who inspire me.

I am the bomb diggity because I have recently…

I have found that my motivation can come from the smallest of achievements. Any new collaboration, partnership or opportunity can mean the world to me. To know that something I have created is of value to someone else, gives me an amazing sense of achievement.

My biggest accomplishment is coming up in Spring and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

I was held back from achieving my goals when…

A lack of confidence held me back for many years, both professionally and socially. Worrying what other people would think if I took risks or set myself a goal that may have appeared ‘unrealistic’. Then I landed a role within an industry I absolutely love. I proactively look for opportunities to up skill wherever possible and thrive on new challenges. I enjoy building on my experience in this space and the more I learn, the more confident I become.

With the job came all the social events and not all invites included a plus one! This meant I often stood alone, awkwardly at the front door not knowing anyone. It didn’t take long before I took a few steps forward and found myself easily making friends and new work contacts. My social confidence quickly grew. I choose to surround myself with people who lift me up and build my confidence.

I also love a good heel … instant confidence!

I’m a risk taker because…

I’ve pushed myself to be! If I didn’t take risks I would be living a life with little surprise, excitement or sense of achievement. Risks can end in a fail, but the fails make you stronger. I’m so grateful for the life I live but I am constantly on the hunt to create new experiences and milestones and am willing to take the risks required to achieve them.

#WORD…

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone” – Coco Channel

This quote is a true reflection of my first two years in my thirties. I’ve focused on being true to myself, to build my own dreams and aspirations and live my life as a true representation of who I am, no one else.

Get listening to…

Tony Bennett and Jill Scott

Get watching…

La La Land, I love musicals.

When self-doubt and CBF creeps in you stalk…

Miss Gunner – I love watching her little adventures.

When I just need to laugh I…

watch Friends, call my friend Morgan or check on Insta story to see if ‘What Hazel Says’ has uploaded any new rants (honestly this girl is worth a follow)

While you’re here, lets set some magic and mindful intentions! I will…

Do More… squats!

See More… of what is around me. Explore the beauty of New Zealand.

Be More… patient.

I invest in my body, mind and soul by…

Taking long walks along the beach when at our beach house. Breathing in the salt air stimulates the immune system not to mention free of harmful vapours and exhaust fumes! I invest in my mind through travel – to learn from and appreciate other cultures, lifestyles and people. The more interesting the people are around you, the more interesting you become.  I invest in my soul by spending time on my own without social media. When I get home from work I lie down on my bed with my cat and take 30mins out to just be.

My top 3 tips for living a kick-ass fulfilling life…

  1. Be happy and content on your own. Others should add to that happiness.
  2. Say yes more.
  3. Step outside your comfort zone, go to an event on your own and approach people you haven’t met before, it’s so fulfilling.

See More from Holly and 30vs30

30vs30 Blog

Instagram 

 

 

 

February 22, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

One of my intentions that I try to include in my day to day life is to be more mindful, especially when it comes to my own and others holistic health. So here’s what has been playing on my mind this morning. Where have our clothes come from? Who made them? How much were they paid to make them? What chemicals have been used to dye them? What happens when we throw them away? This is a topic that I am starting to think about more and more so it was only fitting that I wanted to find out more about Chloe and Sarah and their ethical clothing line, Zeenya! These two gorgeous Goal Diggers are following their passions, radiate authenticity by living true to their values and are embracing life through colour with their stunning activewear range. Dig in, this one’s a goodie!! Also keep your eye’s peeled over on GDNZ Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win a $50 voucher to spend on your own Zeenya Clothing!

A little bit about us…

We’re active, fun loving and energetic women who, like many women out there today, continue to seek the balance between work, life and relationships. For us, that means spending time outdoors with good friends and family, enjoying the beautiful country that we’re so grateful to live in. We’ve been friends for nearly 5 years after working together at Sport Waikato. While we live in separate cities (Chloe in Tauranga and Sarah in Auckland) we talk via text or phone pretty much every day. Our friendship has been an important foundation for our company. For Zeenya we wanted to create an ethical fitness clothing company which supports small business in an overseas country. We wanted to be part of the conscious consumer movement where we know our supply chain. We love bringing unique and vibrant clothing to New Zealand. None of our clothing is mass produced so once a print goes, it’s gone for good.

We are kicking ass because we have recently…

S: Have recently learnt to let go of things and delegate. This has allowed me to gain back my work/life balance in favour for more life and less work.

C: Realised more of my potential on how I can positively influence the people around me just by being myself. I’ve taken up temping to help myself financially after almost a year off full-time work; by being positive, helpful and proactive I’ve come to understand how much the attitude of one person can lift the people around them.

We were inspired to start up Zeenya because…

When we travelled to Brazil together in 2013 we were blown away by Brazilian women’s sense of self and love for their bodies. Sarah fell in love with the bright printed activewear and brought lots home with her. At the time NZ sold black with a shade of black and people loved her leggings. We recognised the opportunity and while we could have just brought product in for our friends, we decided to go the whole way and do it professionally and share colour with women from all over the country.

Our vision for Zeenya is…

Our vision is Embracing Life Through Colour, which means women of all shapes and sizes feeling good about themselves and their bodies. We want to empower women to ditch black clothing as a way of ‘hiding’ when we exercise and get into celebrating more of who they are already. For us the colour helps lift moods and bring a little fun into working out, we think all of us deserve more fun and happiness. We want to be the choice for conscious consumerism, not all activewear is created equally, we know who makes our product and the conditions in which they work. We’re fortunate to have access to great biodegradable fabrics from a supplier who is proactive in reducing the environmental impact of the textile industry.

Currently Digging for…

Really establishing ourselves as a conscious consumer option for people wanting to know more about where their clothing comes from.  Our aim is to continue to provide product which is eco-friendly and produced in a sustainable way – for more info on where and how our product is made you can read about it here.

We were held back from achieving our goals when…

S: When I didn’t believe in myself. Self-doubt at times has stalled my ambitions. I’m proud of where I’m at today, and reflection is what helps me to move past these stages of self doubt. I know there are things I want to achieve especially in terms of my career it is a matter of believing I can and will do it.

C: I put everyone else above myself. In my previous jobs I’d felt like saying no to someone else took away an opportunity for them to share in the love I have for sport. Eventually I realised how important it was for me to participate in what I loved doing and so learnt to say no in order to feel good.

Celebrating and reflecting is a key part of our Goal Digging journey, when, what and how did you celebrate your latest achievement…

In December we co-hosted a collaborative event with a group of epic like-minded women bringing wellness and fun to a hectic and often stressful time of year. For us it was a huge success with people coming from all around the Mount area to take time for themselves to do yoga and take surf/paddle board lessons. We celebrated with red wine. Always. If you’ve ever wondered how our prints get named, blame it on the red wine. Everything in moderation.

The best part about setting goals around our passions and living life our way is…

S: Feeling in control of my own destiny.

C: Feeling like I don’t have to answer to anyone but myself.

I’m a risk taker because…

S: I’m so not a risk taker!

C: Last year I quit my job and volunteered at Rio 2016, I kissed goodbye to everything familiar (routine, friends and locations) and I plan to continue living my life in face of the unknown.

Top 3 bucket list goals ticked off…

  1. Starting a business
  2. Sharing life changing travel with each other
  3. Making it past the first year of business together (still as friends)

Top 3 bucket list goals to tick off…

  1.    Have Zeenya become self-sustaining past the two year mark
  2.    Plan a vacation that’s not a business trip to Brazil
  3.    World domination

#WORD…

S: Your soul is attracted to people the same way flowers are attracted to the sun, surround yourself only with those who want to see you grow – Pavana

C: Expect magic in every interaction – Adam Robinson

Get listening to…

S: Matt Simons: Catch And Release

C: Kaleo – Way Down We Go

When self-doubt and CBF creeps in we stalk… because…

S: I stalk Chloe, actually I ring her, she is the best sounding board of positivity.

C: Tim Ferriss – his podcast with interviews with people from all walks of life who are world class lifts and inspires me to keep going. @timferriss am also starting to read his new book Tools of Titans, great influencers under the headings of Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.

While you’re here, lets set some magic and mindful intentions! We will…

Do More…

S: Mindful meditation

C: Running, I’m still searching for my running mojo, lost mid 2016… if found please return.

See More…

S: Of the world outside of my office

C: Of my own potential

Be More…

S: Creative

C: Accepting of the help of others

We invest in our holistic health, mind, body and soul by…

S: Nourishing my body by preparing real fresh food, moving often through yoga, swimming and running in nature. also getting my dose of the ocean to make me feel alive.

C: Spending time by myself in the outdoors and taking time to check in with how I’m feeling about things.

Our top three tips for living a kick-ass fulfilling life are…

  1. Trust yo-self you’ve already got this, if you don’t, then work on a way to get it
  2. Surrounding yourself with good people, life is about good energy and positive vibes
  3. Keep learning, you’re always a student in your own life

Our typical day from AM to PM looks like…

S: I start with a swim at 6am before heading into the office grabbing a coffee, and eating my homemade granola with yoghurt out of my favourite glass jar 🙂 I am currently working full time for Surf Life Saving Northern Region as the Community Education Manager therefore I am either based in the office replying to emails, doing admin tasks, or over the summer out and about at the beaches checking in on my staff and the programmes they are running. After work I like to attend a yoga class where possible or get into the ocean for another swim. Food is an important part of my day and I love cooking healthy and delicious meals when I get home in the evening. I’ll then take time to catch up on any Zeenya work that Chloe’s sent me throughout the day.

C: I really don’t have a typical day. I spend time working out my priorities in the morning then plan my day accordingly. I spend more time doing the things I love most and the least amount of time on things I don’t like (e.g. emails or phone calls). I then work when I feel like it and work best with tight timeframes. Always making time for catch ups with Sarah and updating her on the big things for Zeenya.

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February 15, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

Activewear addict? Me too! Wondering where Summer is? Me too!! Well Stirling Sports has us covered from head to toe while the weather decides what season it’s in!! They’ve got our backs! Thanks Stirling Sports!!

This month I reached out to Stirling Sports to collaborate together to showcase some pieces from their new ranges and their must haves for training this summer! But let’s be honest, we all live in activewear 90% of our time (I actually slept in mine last night, haha don’t ask..) so you will find me repping these pieces not only during a sweat sesh but also on active adventures with the besties, eggs bene brunch dates, netflixing at home or doing a bit of life admin in the city.

I really loved the simplicity of the Nike Pro Classic Logo Read Bra and of course the comfort! My Nike Pro Crops are the sports bra’s that I always reach for first and love how Nike now have the option of padding for anyone like me in the #ltc. I’m loving the back of the crop with the straps crossing over, something a wee bit different from the standard racer back style.

The Adidas Boxy MŽlange Tank Top is easily my favourite piece from the gear Stirling Sports sent me! I’m a big adidas fan! This is really a simple tank in a stunning white grey colour! I could easily wear this training or pair it with jeans to take it to the next level! Super comfy, long enough to cover the booty and just looks effortlessly killer!

I stopped wearing anything but full length tights for awhile for no reason in particular but the style, shape and support of the Lorna Jane Nicilia 7/8 Tight has me changing my mind! They are super supportive, mould to your shape and keep everything pulled in nice and tight! The mesh paneling behind the knee pits (this is the name I’ve given behind the knee, is it just me? **Update, scientific name is popliteal fossa, you’re welcome!!) is a favourite feature, keeping me ventilated while I worked up a sweat running up and down the steps trying to get the perfect shot, not to mention the mesh is aesthetically pleasing to the eyeballs.

At first I wasn’t sure about the Nike Sportswear Advance 15 Cape because it is not something that I would usually wear let alone own. But now that I’ve worn it a couple of times, I’m finding it hard to take it off. It is an amazing alternative to the hoodies I have found myself frequently chucking on over the last couple of months, it is more structured and some may say ‘classy’! A must have for the ever changing wintery summer that Aotearoa has going on!

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January 20, 2017 Bridget No comments exist

Introducing our first Featured Goal Digger for 2017 the energetic and passionate Gina! I thought there is no better way to start this year off than with one of my own amazing coaching clients who inspires me every time we speak and I’m sure she is guaranteed to inspire you too! I’ve been working alongside Gina since July last year and have witnessed a beautiful transformation from a why me mentality to a why the f not me mentality. She is a risk taker, a game changer and one of the most genuine and down to earth women ever! ManaakiFit is her business baby which you will read about soon and I’m hoping to get up to Auckland in the next couple of months so I can get on board!! Dig in Goal Diggers!!

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

Kiaora! I’m passionate about people and connecting with people to have a good time and enjoy life. I am on a mission to do this through ManaakiFIt, an organisation with the purpose of helping women to feel great, supported and empowered through exercise, fun and learning new skills like snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding.

I came to this realisation and vision from being in an unhappy place in life in my first career path and after being in that place for a while I decided to go after the experiences and things I enjoy most in life and make that my career. I chose to keep growing and learning as a person and I hope to help others do the same.

I am kicking ass because I have recently…

Nearly finished my personal training certificate and have been working in a women’s gym helping people feel good and absolutely loving it!

I was inspired to start up ManaakiFit because…

I wasn’t happy with where I was in my career and lifestyle as I was writing reports in an office. I wanted to create a life of fun and good vibes so that lead me to reflect on my life so far and think about where I had experienced a lot of good times and fun. Being a snowboard instructor (being outdoors), going to the gym and having fun with people were top on my list so that is how the idea for ManaakiFit was inspired and my ideas and vision have just grown from there. I launched ManaakiFit in September 2016 and I am loving the journey it is taking me on.

My vision for ManaakiFit is…

For it to be a positive and empowering community for women to be involved with and inspire women in Aotearoa to be badass chicks having fun and enjoying life together through fitness and board sports.

Currently Digging for…

Here is my motivational Dream Big Goal I created in my first session with Bridget at the beginning of the 12 Week Goal Digger Coaching Programme. It puts the biggest smile on my face every time I read it and I know that this is 100% where I am headed.

It is the 1st of January 2018 and ManaakiFit has at least 10 branches throughout New Zealand where they are run by one head trainer/coach who runs personal training sessions, group fitness sessions that are based outside and board sport activities. Each ManaakiFit branch has a similar sense of community that promotes environmental awareness, that empowers the members to be their best selves, to have fun and to get fit. ManaakiFit has a positive and growing online community as well. I am confident, feel sexy and am comfortable in my own physical body and am consciously thinking positively about myself and those around me. I am growing in confidence as I am pushing myself to regularly compete in crossfit, snowboarding and surfing events. I am experiencing financial freedom as my income is solely coming in from ManaakiFit which is a huge success. My relationships are thriving as I am constantly prioritising my loved ones, practicing patience and understanding as well as including them in each aspect of ManaakiFit to make sure they are feeling included.

I was held back from achieving my goals when

A big one for me was not thinking I am good enough to start anything. I was super scared to try as I didn’t want to fail and feel bad about myself. But that has definitely changed for me now. My new way of thinking is what is the worst that could happen and I constantly remind myself that failure is part of growth so we need to constantly keep trying things. I try to surround myself with people who believe in me and I listen to people who feel the same about giving things a go to continue to feel inspired and empowered.

Celebrating and reflecting is a key part of our Goal Digging journey, when, what and how did you celebrate your latest achievement…

We celebrated the first ManaakiFit skate programs being a success by having a praise giving with the crew.

What inspired you to sign up with GDNZ and start chasing you dreams…

I was over feeling absolutely stuck in my life not really knowing what I wanted to do, so I attended a personal development course which really helped me to see how my current thinking was stopping me from action. I knew that I needed a fresh perspective and some kind of coaching as I was not getting it on my own and that was when I came across Bridget and Goal Diggers NZ. She is a true inspiration to me, an absolute good vibes chick. She has helped me to organise my vision and given me the support I have needed to push through when I get scared or have been unsure of things. With her help I have been able to get clear on the actions I have to take to keep chasing my dreams.

The best part about setting goals around my passion and living life my way is…

You attract like minded people who are awesome and like to do similar things to you! Life is more fun and you get to do more of what you love everyday!

I’m a risk taker because...

I quit my job after 10 months of starting, which I studied three years to be qualified for. I left in search of something more, to learn more about myself and live a life around what I actually love to do.

Top 3 bucket list goals ticked off…

  • Live and work in Japan for a Snow Season
  • Travel on my own to Asia
  • Start a Business doing something I love

Top 3 bucket list goals to tick off…

  • Live in Queenstown or Wanaka
  • Travel to Canada for a winter season then travel down through North and South America at the end of 2017
  • Run a successful business that empowers women all around Aotearoa to be more than they think they can be through fitness, fun, board sports and a good vibes community.

#WORD…

Everything is possible.

There are no rules.

These quotes have helped me recently to believe in myself and keep trying new things and learning from my experiences.

Get listening to…

I listen to the Tropical Beats Playlist on Spotify that is my fav at the moment.

When self-doubt and CBF creeps I listen to…

The school of greatness podcast because it inspires and motivates me to move forward and not doubt myself. I love to listen and learn from successful people and how they have done the same and it also helps me to focus on the amazing things people are doing in the world. Also when I get overwhelmed I try to focus on the things I can control and bring to mind all the things I am grateful for, it works a treat!

While you’re here, lets set some magic and mindful intentions! I will…

Do More… Giving

See More… Skate parks and beaches

Be More… Brave

I invest in my holistic health, my mind, body and soul by…

Investing in personal development courses, having the best goals and personal growth coach, challenging my body and spending time with family and friends.

My top three tips for living a kick-ass fulfilling life are…

  1. Learn about yourself and what you love to do! Unapologetically be that person, you are the bomb!
  2. Got for what you want – what’s the worst that could happen? Just enjoy the ride!
  3. Show and give love to everyone and always see the best in people.

See More from Gina and ManaakiFit 

ManaakiFit Facebook

ManaakiFit Instagram

ManaakiFit Website

ManaakiFit Online Store

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November 5, 2016 Bridget No comments exist

This week I’m super happy to introduce two inspirational Goal Diggers who make up the team at Real Health NZ. Ren and Jen have created an amazing online platform to empower women’s wellness through real food and daily movement that is accessible to everybody! They have a clear passion for health, fitness and holistic wellness and from what I can see have worked bloody hard to create a one stop shop website with all the tools to establish a healthy lifestyle for women in Aotearoa. Keep reading to find out heaps more about Real Health NZ as well as Ren and Jen’s motivations, inspirations and tips for living a fulfilling and healthy life.

A little bit about both of us…

I’m 25, married and own a Beagle named Trev! I’m the eldest of 3 girls and grew up in Rotorua. I am and always have been, incredibly passionate about getting New Zealanders active. I grew up on a pair of water-skis and spent 7 years representing New Zealand around the world. I completed my sports degree in 2012 then went off to work for Sport New Zealand as their inaugural graduate. Following this I worked for Sport Waikato and now run my own business alongside my husband. Ren
I’m 28 and a lover of all things health, sport and fitness! Im married and own a dog that thinks he’s human (seriously) called Vann! I am a qualified Personal Trainer having graduated with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. My passion is to teach, I spent five years as a Physical Education and Health teacher at Waihi College and currently teach at the newly established Rototuna Junior High School. Jen

Together we are two everyday kiwi chicks on a mission to inspire and empower everyday women to adopt and sustain active healthy lifestyles through our women’s wellness website Real Health NZ! Our aim is to provide women with the tools to establish a healthy lifestyle filled with daily movement and real food through our Online Exercise Room and Online Real Food Kitchen!

We are the bomb diggity because we have recently…

Launched our Womens Wellness website Real Health NZ! (Something we talked about for months before finally deciding we should just take a massive plunge and do it!) We are really proud of what we have created, we love what we do and even more so, we love that we are helping women get active and live healthy lifestyles. It’s an awesome feeling!

Celebrating and reflecting is a key part of our Goal Digging journey, when, what and how did you celebrate your latest achievement…

On October the 2nd we officially launched our website! We celebrated with our close friends and family over a glass of bubbles and shared some of the many stories we have had along the way! Following this we spent some quality time away with our husbands as we had been seeing more of each other than them!!

We were held back from achieving our goals because…

Having full time jobs whilst building Real Health NZ was and still is a challenge for both of us! We have made lots of sacrifices, had many late nights and long weekends but being so passionate about our message has kept us going! Another massive challenge has been learning everything from filming and editing videos, creating a website and coming up with funky designs – you name it we have you tubed it!

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We are risk takers because…

Putting ourselves out there as our true authentic selves for the world to see and judge has been really scary! There ain’t no airbrushing going on at Real Health NZ, we are all about bare faces and messy hair! We really have stepped out of our comfort zone, tried to create something unique and real in the hope that we will be able to relate to everyday kiwi women.

Currently Digging to…

Inspire more women to invest in their health and to realise that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean counting calories and spending hours in a gym! Working hard to establish our brand and spread our mission far and wide!

What inspired you to create Real Health NZ…

The health and fitness industry has made things so confusing and we have seen so many women and young girls (Jen as a teacher) confused with how to look after their bodies. We found ourselves increasingly frustrated with the amount of quick fixes on offer, unrealistic and expensive exercise  programmes out there. We wanted to make a difference and create something that would encourage everyday women to move more, eat real, treat their bodies exceptionally well yet in a realistic and sustainable way. We totally believe that making healthy food choices and exercising doesn’t need to be complex, fancy and cost the earth!

What is your vision for Real Health NZ…

 To get more women moving, realising their potential and not taking their health for granted.

The best part about setting goals around your passion and living life your way is…

 This doesn’t feel like work! We love creating content for our members and are so passionate about creating a platform that changes lives. We are consistently bouncing off each other and coming up with new ideas to make Real Health NZ bigger and better!

Our top 3 bucket list goals we have ticked off…

Ren
  • Represented New Zealand. Nothing better than wearing the silver fern and competing for your country
  • Established a career around my passion
  • Launching Real Health NZ!
Jen
  • Travelled through Europe
  • Completed my degree and developed a career doing something that I love
  • Launching Real Health NZ!

 Our top 3 bucket list goals we want to tick off…

Ren

  • Operate a successful business
  • Get into sports governance
  • See more of the beautiful country that we live in! Milford Sound and Queenstown (how have I not been there!?) are top of that list!
Jen
  • Sky dive!
  • Travel! So many epic places I still need to see!
  • Teach at an International school

#WORD…

Nothing great was ever achieved without passion. Ren
Believe you can and you’re half way there. Jen

Get listening to…

 Totes loving Twerk it like Miley! Ren
 Anything gangsta (cry face) Jen

Get watching…

Greys Anatomy! So much drama!

When self-doubt and CBF creeps in we stalk…

  • Dr Libby! She’s amaze!
  • Sheryl Sandberg #girlboss

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When we just need to laugh we…

Hang out with my hubby he’s pretty much a comedian, have a glass of red or hit the D floor with the girls. Ren
Spend time with my husband he always knows how to make me laugh. I have also been known to crank a few of my fav tunes and cut some shapes around the house… neighbours must think I’m crazy! Jen

While you’re here, lets set some magic and mindful intentions! We will…

 Do More…
 …reading beyond the Good Health Magazine! Ren
…bush walks! I LOVE them and don’t do them enough these days. Jen
See More…
…of my husband! Ren
…of my family and more of the world with my hubby! Jen
Be More…
…present and enjoy the journey that is life and not be so caught up in whats coming next! I’m always in a bloody rush. Something I’m working on! Ren
…reflective. This is something I’m always teaching my students…. ekkk I need to take a lesson out of my own book! I would also love to become more of a morning person…… the struggle is real! Jen

We invest in our bodies by…

We practice what we preach! Move More. Eat Real. Everyday. No exceptions.

We invest in our minds by…

Brainstorming & goal setting…..I’m always thinking ahead! Ren
Turning my phone off, switching off from the day to day hustle and bustle and getting outside in the fresh air with my dog. Jen

We invest in our souls by…

Yoga, the occasional red, spending time by the water and being with my sisters. Ren
Laughing, being around my family and friends….. also cups of tea, I seriously don’t cope without a good cup of tea! Jen

Our top three tips for living a kick ass fulfilling life…

  1. Set goals and put plans in place to make them happen. Stick to them
  2. Surround yourself with awesome people and always make time for the things that make you the most happy
  3. Look after your body because without it you don’t have much! Ren
  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff
  2. Love what you do! Life’s too short to spend your time doing something that doesn’t set your soul on fire
  3. Invest in your health! Jen

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See More from Ren, Jen & Real Health NZ

Real Health NZ Website

Real Health NZ Instagram

Real Health NZ Facebook

October 20, 2016 Bridget No comments exist

This week’s Featured Goal Digger is Janelle Brunton-Rennie! A hard-working, passionate Goal Digging babe, who does an incredible job running her very own PR company, Media Jam. Janelle and Media Jam supporting and promoting natural, ethical and sustainable businesses and products. I had been following Janelle and Media Jam for awhile after noticing our past Featured Goal Digger, Makaia Carr sharing and promoting a number of natural products Media Jam represent on social media. But this Goal Digger really caught my eye last month when she posted an emotion filled post on Facebook celebrating Media Jam’s 5th Birthday. After reading about Janelle’s determination, dedication, motivation and commitment to her business I knew I had to feature her! One of my favourite Featured Goal Digger’s to date, Janelle’s answers are raw, inspirational and simply brilliant! Dig in!

A little bit about myself…

My name is Janelle Brunton-Rennie and I am the Founder and Director of Media Jam – an ethically motivated PR company based in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m a passionate advocate of natural, organic, cruelty free beauty brands, ethically produced, NZ made or sustainability motivated fashion brands, and all things eco-friendly and wellbeing driven.

I’m originally from North Canterbury and was brought up on a farm, and moved to Auckland 10 years ago to take on my first big marketing role in the beauty industry.

I spent my twenties running marathons, doing triathlons and competing in body building shows. Five years ago I founded Media Jam.

I am the bomb diggity because I have recently…

Learnt to love and accept myself for who I am.  Throughout my twenties I bet myself up a lot, physically and mentally. I was a super perfectionist who was hell bent on looking a certain way, and being a certain way. I spent years training super hard, instructing spin classes and beating my body up, but it wasn’t until I took on bodybuilding and trained and competed as a bodybuilder that I did the real damage to myself. After my 4th show, which was 2.5 years ago my body literally ‘blew up’. It couldn’t take anymore; I’d been hitting the override button for so long, and was too fixated on being lean rather than being healthy. I developed an autoimmune condition called Hashimotos which is where the body attacks its own thyroid and combined with a state of severe adrenal fatigue (I had run on a potent cocktail of cortisol, adrenalin and caffeine for far too long) I had no choice but to stop, and listen to what my body had been trying to tell me for so long. I had worked so hard over the last five years and had beaten myself up mentally, emotionally and physically that I made myself ill in the process.  I then had to learn to make myself well again which has ultimately changed my life and the way I do business.

I decided to take full responsibility for my own journey back to health. I have read countless numbers of books and studies on health, poor health and the contributing factors. I studied meditation, mindfulness, Buddhism and gratitude.  I read about Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and the chakras, pressure points and the meridians. I practiced yoga, mindful walks and breathing techniques amongst numerous others things. It’s taken me more than two years to get myself well again, and to essentially rewire the way that I experience life. I no longer speak to myself poorly – my rule is that if you wouldn’t say it to your best friend than you certainly have no business speaking to yourself like that! I treat myself with kindness and respect and self-love, and honour my body instead of beating it up.  I make sure now that I don’t say yes when I really want to say no, and I put self-care practices and my own happiness first.

Celebrating and reflecting is a key part of our Goal Digging journey, how did you celebrate your 5 year milestone with Media Jam

To be really honest with you, I didn’t really celebrate it as much as I should have, and truthfully, I did feel a little guilty about it. I’m so used to celebrating client achievements and milestones that my own achievements and milestones have usually been put on the ‘oh I’ll do that next year list’, and this year Media Jam’s  5th birthday fell right in the middle of four large international client media launch events. I did make sure that I wrote a truly heart felt social media post about it, thanking everyone that has been a part of Media Jam’s journey in any and every way and I have booked for my team and I to go out for a really lovely Friday lunch in a couple of weeks once the dust has settled from the media events. Plus I had another good cry – I don’t know why – pride, gratitude, relief, so many emotions – always happy tears though.

I was inspired to start up Media Jam because…

I was working for a terrific company managing the PR needs in NZ for Pandora Jewellery but I wanted more of challenge and I thought to myself, ‘you know, I could do this for five brands instead of just the one’ – so I started Media Jam and worked my rear end off ever since!

My vision for Media Jam is…

I’m a huge advocate of conscious consumerism – that every purchase you make is a vote for the type of world you want to live in and the type of world you want your children to inherit. I believe that what we put onto our body is as important as what we put into our body and I want to make sure that I’m working towards helping people understand why this is so important.  I believe we are caretakers of this earth and that being eco-conscious is a responsibility. I want Media Jam to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. I want to make sure I use my voice and influence to do only good.  I’m passionate about using my vocation and skill set to align and share the messages of ethical brands, products and people and to amplify the messages of our clients, supporting sustainable and ethical business principles, helping good people achieve great things and ensuring we leave the world in a better place than when we entered it. That’s the most important thing – to do my very best to be the best human I can be, and to try and leave the world a better place because of that.

I was held back from achieving my goals when…

When I thought that I was bullet proof! Balance and my lack of it was almost my undoing, I became unwell and overwhelmed. Create boundaries, eliminate toxic relationships and people from your life and make self-care your number one priority. You’re no good to your loved ones, or your clients and stakeholders (or the planet for that matter) if you’re not taking care of yourself.

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I’m a risk taker because…

Starting a business is the single most terrifying thing I’ve ever done. No guarantees, no security, no certainty other than that in my skill set, my abilities and sheer grit, determination and drive. There are so many naysayers, so many people who encourage you to play it safe. When Media Jam turned two I stood in the shower and sobbed for a good 10 minutes out of sheer relief as I was reminded by so many along the way that 80% of businesses fail in the first two years, and I was so solidly determined this was not going to be me.

 I respect anyone who has ever had the courage to start their own business.

I think people fantasise about working for themselves, and not having a boss but the truth is, the certainty of a salary, and actually being able to have four weeks holiday each year shouldn’t be underestimated. Starting, growing and running a business is the single riskiest, hardest, yet rewarding thing I’ve ever done. In the last five years I’ve had one weeks true holiday, one week where I unplugged and wasn’t available. I don’t have one boss, I currently have 16, 16 amazing, changing our world one day at a time clients, and the ownership and passion that I feel for each of these clients and their vision is immense.

Top 3 bucket list goals ticked off…

  1. Run a marathon
  2. Become my own boss
  3. Take full responsibility for my own health, happiness and wellbeing. It sounds simple – but honestly, so many people have so many excuses. I am the only person in the world responsible for my own health, happiness and wellbeing – when you fully except what this really means, it will change your life forever

Top 3 bucket list goals to tick off…

  1. Attend the dawn service in Gallipoli on ANZAC Day
  2. Write a book
  3. Live in another country for a year – current leading contenders are Bali, or the South of France.

#WORD…

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
Lao Tzu

“The mind is everything. What you think, so you become.”  –Buddha

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”. – Anne Frank

“The world meets nobody halfway, when you want something, you gotta take it” – Sylvester Stallone, Over the Top.

I could also list about five terrific quotes from the Rocky movies here, but I’d imagine that the quote above from obscure 80’s arm wrestling movie ‘Over The Top’ has potentially done enough damage already hahahaha!

Get listening to…

Foo Fighters – The Pretender. Honestly I must have listened to this track more than a thousand times… I run to it, I’ve instructed hundreds of spin classes using it. If I am ever in need of an energy boost, or have to pick the pace up out on a run – this is my go to track, never fails. Dave Grohl – legend.

Currently addicted to…

Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday series – always terrific, always uplifting and inspiring.

When self-doubt creeps in I…

Meditate. Self-doubt, fear and insecurity are all caused by not living in the present and not being truly connected to the now. Any self-doubts I used to have were caused by a lack of authenticity, by trying to be something or someone I wasn’t, trying to fit in.  Meditation has quite simply changed my life. It doesn’t have to be the big scary thing that it sounds like – quite simply I sit with myself. I sit and breathe deeply. I connect with my gut. I tune in and check in to how I’m feeling, and why I might be feeling like that, and without judgement – just dismiss anything negative, and remind myself that I truly am doing the very best I can, to be the very best person I can each and every day – and then there is nothing but peace to be found. Peace, and knowing. And from peace and knowing there simply is no fear, insecurity or doubt.

When I just need to laugh I …..

Phone my husband. Seriously, I am one very fortunate girl. I married the most wonderful human. My husband Kurt is gorgeous, intelligent, gentle and kind and has the happiest disposition I’ve ever come across. I’m so blessed.

I invest in my body by…

I practice yoga, mindfulness and meditation as often as I can. I speak to my body with kindness, gentleness and immense gratitude for being able bodied and having good health. Make friends with yourself and your body. Exercise should give you energy not take it. I used to exercise myself to exhaustion as it was the only way I knew how to cope with stress. Find better ways to cope with your stress such as meditation, mindful walks, yoga, painting, whatever re-centres you and use exercise as a tool for giving you energy and endorphins – rather than depleting it.

I invest in my mind by…

I try and read as much as possible. Hubby and I switch the TV off often and spend our nights talking about ideas, reading books and sharing interesting articles online aloud to each other.

I invest in my soul by…

  • I practice yoga, mindfulness and meditation as often as I can.
  • I speak to myself with love and kindness.
  • I practice loving kindness not only towards myself, but towards others.
  • I read as often as possible.
  • I don’t say yes when I really want to say no anymore.
  • I surround myself with good people. Energy doesn’t lie. I believe that we truly know how we feel about somebody when we see who is calling us on our cellphones. If you look at the screen and think ‘uh, what do they want’? Chances are you should be reducing the amount of time and energy you spend with that person.
  • I understand that ‘as I think, so I become’. The brain is a muscle, and like other muscles we can train it – and I work every day toward ensuring that I’m training my mind to work for me, not against me. I used to believe that my mind controlled me, now I believe that I control my mind.

My top 2 tips for living a kick-ass fulfilling life…

  1. Follow your heart and instincts at all times
  2. Practice integrity, ownership and passion for who you are, and what you do each and every day
  3. Find a vision and goal that is about something greater than you and your ego. I am driven by a greater sense of purpose, a goal that is far greater than myself, a goal to be a part of a movement, a leader in and a voice for a society that’s working together toward a better planet and ultimately a better place for humanity. Find your vision and goal that is about something greater than you – and watch the magic unfold.

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Meet Misty, this weeks Featured Goal Digger. Misty got in touch with me to check out her e-book, Find Your Purpose, to see if I would be interested in giving away a copy to my GDNZ followers!! After reading the e-book I found that Misty and I 100% share the same vibe and are both on the same mission to help people realise there is more to life than their day to day routine with Misty specifically teaching people exactly how to find their purpose. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, the Daily Guru and in Raspberry Magazine. Naturally, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this gorgeous soul and her message with you all. Read on to find out about Misty’s dreams, goals and motivations.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I’m a wife, mum and writer, and my husband, baby and I live in a little village by the beach. I love new experiences and little adventures, good food, road trips, learning new things, chilling at the beach, endlessly planning ideas in notebooks and creating personal growth tools. My life’s work is that I help people find their purpose.

I am the bomb diggity because I have recently…

Finished a beautiful eBook-meets-workbook designed to help people find their purpose and bring it to life! I’ve been working on it for a long time, so it’s been incredibly rewarding finally seeing it out there and hearing the amazing results and breakthroughs people have had with it. So stoked!

Celebrating and reflecting is a key part of our Goal Digging journey, when, what and how did you celebrate your latest achievement…

When I finish a big project, I usually take a couple of days off from everything to chill and recharge. So nothing major but it’s nice to relax before jumping into the next project 🙂

I was held back from achieving my goals when…

…I kept second guessing what I should or shouldn’t do. Taking a break and going with my intuition sussed that – as always!

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I’m a risk taker because…

I’ve never gone the conventional route. I love adventures and experiencing new things.

 The best part about setting goals around my passion and living life my way is…

Freedom! I can work from wherever, whenever. I can enjoy each day, head to the beach when it’s sunny, work around baby naps and take on projects that I’m excited about.

Top 3 bucket list goals ticked off…

1. Finishing my eBook!

2. Graduating uni with a business degree in May – it was extra special having our baby there too 🙂

3. Travelling. There are still a ton of places I want to see, but I’ve been to the three I’ve always wanted to see: Japan, India and Greece.

Top 3 bucket list goals to tick off…

1. I’m writing a longer book, so I’d love to see that finished and published!

2. To take a family round the world trip – would be such a different experience travelling as a family 🙂

3. To be fully self-sufficient in terms of food and our home – growing veggies and living off the land.

#WORD…

‘I am a part of all I have met’. This is a line from Ulysses; a poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson. These words really sing to me, as I’ve met and shared adventures and friendships with the most incredible people. And when you part ways, it’s often likely that you’ll never cross paths (in person) again. That can be sad, but knowing you’ve had a connection that will stay with you forever is heartwarming.

Get listening to…

Bon Iver’s new album – love Justin Vernon!

When self-doubt and CBF creeps in you stalk… because…

@Sejkko – he takes the most beautiful and kinda whimsical photos.

@Miannscanlan – love her style and vibe.

@Homepolish – dream home interiors!

When I just need to laugh I…

Play peek-a-boo with our baby – never gets old.

 While you’re here, lets set some magic and mindful intentions! I will…

Do More… yoga! I had to stop yoga during pregnancy and have been taking it super easy. It’s time to get back into it!

See More… of NZ. We live in such a beautiful country. Can’t wait for summer road trips 🙂

Be More… meditative. I do my version of meditation most days (like just chilling and enjoying a beautiful view), but I’d like to explore different kinds of meditation.

I invest in my body by…

Because I’m breastfeeding and letting my body heal after a caesarean, I’m taking it super easy and filling my body with delicious rich foods! I’m listening to my cravings as things my body probably needs at the moment. Pre baby I was all about yoga, long daily walks and minimal dairy or wheat.

 I invest in my mind by…

Reading every day, and avoiding mental junk food.

 I invest in my soul by…

Spending lots of time outside (especially at the beach), just enjoying being there. No phone, no books, no plans.

 My top 3 tips for living a kick-ass fulfilling life…

1. Do not feel like you have to follow the status quo. Do your thing, even if other people don’t get it.

2. Always be open to learning, discovering, adventures and new experiences.

3. And finally, find your purpose and bring it to life. This will change your life in so many incredible ways – you have clarity, direction and confidence in knowing what you want and how you’re going to do it.

My typical day from AM to PM…

I get up an hour before my husband and baby to enjoy a cup of tea, plan out my day and write. I work the day around baby naps, reading stories and playing, so once everyone’s up it’s breakfast, then I’ll spend a couple of hours writing, creating or working on whatever project I have on the go. We have lunch then usually head out to the beach, for a walk or to the park. I do more work in the afternoon, we have dinner, then I try and read for a bit before bed. It’s always flexible!

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